Nutrition in Diabetes (type 2) Program
Diet is one of the most important behavioral aspects of diabetes treatment. Basic principles of nutritional management will be covered. The goals will be to maintain your blood glucose level as near-normal as possible, and to maintain your weight.
Our program is for 3 months and includes the following:
- Medical evaluation and follow-up visits as necessary
- Group nutrition classes held weekly
- Mindfulness Meditation classes held weekly
- Cooking Classes held monthly
Group Nutrition Classes
Research has shown that it’s easier to stick with a nutrition plan when you have support and you can share your experiences with others who have similar conditions and goals. The topics for our group sessions include the following:
- Understanding Diabetes
- Nutrition Goals in Diabetes
- Managing your weight
- Diabetes Superfoods and Supplements
- Fats and Alcohol
- Carb Counting
- Glycemic Index
- Lowering Cholesterol
- Sugar, Desserts and Low Calorie Sweeteners
- Meal planning and Quick Meal Ideas
- Healthy Snacks
- Eating Out and Getting Active
Mindfulness Meditation and Diabetes
Research suggests that practicing mindfulness meditation regularly helps reduce stress by lowering blood pressure, slowing heart rate, and changing the stress centers in the brain. For patients with diabetes, stress presents two problems: the direct effect of stress may raise blood glucose levels, and stress may also make us indulge in unhealthy behaviors like eating more calorie dense foods. Moderating the stress response is likely to lower blood glucose levels.
Our chef, Scott Savokinas, will teach you how to cook foods that are healthy and nutritious and suitable for patients with diabetes. All classes will be an hour long and will be in the demonstration format. The 3 classes will include breakfast, lunch, dinner and snack items.